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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 2, 2011 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Antoninus was born on an estate at Lanuvium in 86 A.D. He spent his child- hood in Etruria, which now comprises Tuscany and a part of Umbria. After the death of his father he was brought up under the care of his maternal grandfather, a man of integrity and culture. As a youth he was hand- some, a brilliant scholar, aristocratic in his bearing, a gifted speaker, generous, and considerate of others. Prior to becoming emperor he held the positions of quaestor (treasury official), praetor (magistrate), and consul (one of the two high- est magistrates). He also served as one of the four consulars for Italy and later as proconsul for Asia. In all of these official labors he showed .himself to be a man of compassion, dignity, and integrity. He was adopted as son and successor to Hadrian in 138 A.D. A few months later when Hadrian died, Antoninus was enthusiasti- cally welcomed to the throne by the Roman people and he certainly didn't disappoint them. He entered his new office as emperor of the Ro- man world with" simple ANTONINUS PlUS tastes, a kindly disposition. extensive experience, a well-trained intelligence, and the sincerest desire for the welfare of his subjects. Instead of the purge and plunder that was charac- teristic of so many of the imperators, Antoninus re- turned all of Hadrian's ap- pointees to office. He used his private funds to provide relief for distressed provinces and cities, and also enforced rigid economy everywhere. He turned enemies into friends through his clem- ency, and extended the friendly hand of protection to Christians throughout the empire. His successful effort in getting a reluctant Sen- ate to grant divine honors to Hadrian gained him the title of Plus (dutiful in affection). He is credited with the con- struction of mausoleums, theaters, temples, encourag- ing the arts and sciences, bestowing honors and pro- viding salaries for teachers of philosophy and rhetoric, building the wall of Antoni- nus in Britain, and in gen- eral, conducting a relatively peaceful reign. We are told that he was one of the best emperors that ever ascended the .throne of the Roman Empire, dedicating all of END. WATERFRONT COUNCIL Monday, December 12, 2011 7:00 PM Nazzaro Center All residents are invited. 617.367.2353 i11 Mount Vernon Street Win( 781.729,0515 P,,ivate I=unction I ooms fo,, any Occasion ' Donato Frattaroli donato @ luciaboston,corn his energies and thoughts toward the happiness of his people. Antoninus was not fortu- nate in his domestic rela- tions. He was married to Faustina. who was noted for her lack of womanly virtue. He fathered two sons and two girls. Both boys and one of the girls died before he ascended the throne, The surviving daughter, Annia Faustina. eventually became the wife of Marcus Aurelius. Follow- ing the death of his wife, Plus honored her memory by founding a charity for or- phan girls. He also had her deified, and erected a temple to her memory in the Forum Romanum. parts of which are still standing today. The exterior columns are one piece. 50 feet high, and were made from the costly "cipollino" marble. It was one of the most remarkable buildings in the Forum. After his death, twenty years later, the Senate added his name on the inscription and dedicated the temple to his worship also. Since that time it has been called "The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina." During the twelfth century the temple's inte- rior was converted into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, and a facade was added in 1602. One more of those ironies of fate tells us that when Antoninus was close to death, a tribune of the night- watch came by and asked for the password. The emperor uttered "Aequanimitas" and then expired. Aequanimitas in Latin means calm- ness, patience, kindness, or impartiality. NEXT WEEK: Marcus Aurelius DRIVERS: START UP TO $.411MI. Home Weekly or Bi-Weekly. CDL-A 6 mos..OTR exp. req, Equipment you'll be proud to drive! (888) 247-4037 I I I Ho 781-286-CASH rs" I R Publica by David Trumbull Barney Bails, Stocks Soar The announcement, earlier' this week, that Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is not seeking re-election to the United States House of Representatives brings to 17 the number of House Democrats voluntarily vacating that legislative chamber. While eight of them are running for other posi- tions, more of them, nine, as the newspaper The Hill (source of these statistics) put it, "are fiat-out retiring." In other words, most see the Republican tide coming in the Novem- ber 2012 election and -- rats that they are they are aban- doning ship. By way of comparison, just seven Republicans have announced that they are not seeking re-election to the House, and in every case it is because he or she is run- ning for higher office. How bad will it be for Democrats? Bad! Conventional wis- dom says that Republicans will increase their majority in the House in the 2012 election and pick up enough Senate seats to have the majority in that body as well. President Obama's signature accomplishment -- the turning of your personal health care over to the Washington bureaucrats that run the Post Office and Internal Revenue Service has turned out to be one of the most unpopular laws ever passed. Mr. Obama himself is currently tied with Jerry Sandusky in unfavorable ratings. Yes. 2012 looks to be a bad year for the Democrats. And then what? Well, with the retirement of Mr. Frank, the 113 Congress, which convenes in January 2013, is likely to see Maxine Waters (D-CA) take over as the senior Demo- crat on the House Financial Services Committee. Believe it or not, Ms. Waters is generally considered to be even more liberal than Mr. Frank! Yes, Frank, who is partially responsible for the housing market collapse, will be replaced by a Democrat even more wrong-headed on issues of basic finance and political economy. I say give Americans 22 months of Maxine Waters on the television she who famously said. "And as far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to Hell." and in 2004. "We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac. and par- ticularly Fannie Mae" and see just who much worse the electoral prospects are for Democrats in 2014. On Monday Barney Frank announced his retirement and the Dow Jones Industrial Average went up-ne'arly 300 points. 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